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Q&A: Braille Characters

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Q: How many possible combinations are there in a braille cell?

A: 63

Each braille cell is arranged with two dots across and three down. A-J are represented in the top two rows, K-T include the last row, and U, V, X, Y & Z add the last two dots to the first five letters. Interestingly, the letter W is an exception because the French alphabet did not include a W when braille was created. The symbol for W was added later.

The braille system also includes symbols for punctuation, mathematic and scientific characters, music, computer notation, and foreign languages.

Follow this link to learn more about braille.

hands reading braille

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